Psalm 115:11-13 – You who fear him, trust in the Lord—
he is their help and shield.
So many questions loom on a daily basis. The “What-Ifs” of life dare to keep us locked up inside our homes, fearful of what is to come, lonely, and afraid.
Suppose you have a car wreck tomorrow and are unable to perform your job duties. Suppose you end up getting sick and insurance runs out and you won’t be able to afford your house note. Suppose you are looking for a new venture in life but too afraid to take that next leap of faith. What if you fail? What if God got it wrong and is calling someone else to your purpose? I remember Abraham. He had a lot of “What-If’s” to ask God too. Let’s take a journey back to Genesis and remind ourselves that people have been questioning God since the beginning:
God has a way of making us believe that we are changing HIS mind when in reality, he is changing ours through the prayers that burst forth out of our spirits.
Genesis 18:20-33 (NIV) – 20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.” 22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord. 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” 26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” 27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?” “If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.” 29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?” He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.” 30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?” He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” 31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?” He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.” 32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more.What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” 33 When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.
Sometimes the answers are not what we desire to hear, so we keep asking, begging and pleading with God to show us SOMETHING.
God knows everything and how it will play out. Everything with Him is a heart issue and He will give us more than one chance to come clean before Him, even as we question His every move.
You know, sometimes I look at Abraham’s level of faith and His walk with God and think that could never really be for me. Is it really beyond the conceivable realm of possibilities? I go through struggles every single day, moments that dare to take me off the beaten path and away from my purpose. Usually, it’s my own issues that I am unwilling to see that cause me to stumble. I KNOW that I am victorious through Christ but that means greater tests are on the horizon. It is inevitable.
I am going through treacherous valleys on the way to mountaintops meant to give me a glimpse of what is deep on the horizon before climbing down to weep some more as I walk with God through places that are foreign. I’m not scared…only excited to see what is to come. Asking for things specifically from God is ok. It’s allowed and I am fully aware that my answers will come from His perspective, not mine. He knows the WHOLE story.
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To further your reading, consider this from:
1 John 5:20-21 (NLT) – And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.
21 Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.
What do your “What-If’s” sound like? Who do you really trust? What has taken God’s place in your heart?